Did your child get a new digital device over the holidays, such as a tablet or iPad? If you’re looking for educational games and books to keep your child engaged while helping them reach their reading goals this year, the public library can help.
The six libraries that make up the Lycoming County Library System – Hughesville Area Public Library, Jersey Shore Public Library, Montgomery Area Public Library, Dr. W.B. Konkle Memorial Library in Montoursville, Muncy Public Library and the James V. Brown Library – all have subscriptions to TumbleBookLibrary, a free online collection of ebooks for children that can be accessed at home.
There are more than 250 animated, talking picture books available through the TumbleBooks library. The site also features Spanish and French books, read-along chapter books, nonfiction books, and exciting games and puzzles. All you need to log in is your library card number. You can use your computer, tablet or mobile phone or any device with an Internet connection. There are no downloads: books are streamed right to your device at the click of a button.
TumbleBooks are storybooks that come to life in an educational and interactive way. TumbleBooks can read a story to a young child, or children can read-along with chapter books, watch videos that support learning, or play along with a collection of puzzles and games that accompany each book.
Accelerated reading information is included for those titles for which it is available.
Encouraging children to read – no matter what the format – is just one way the library champions the love of reading for kids of all ages. Research shows that creating a steady stream of new, age-appropriate books has been shown to nearly triple interest in reading within months.
TumbleBooks support the PA Forward state initiative by providing information literacy opportunities for learning and highlighting the transformative nature of public libraries within a community. When Pennsylvania residents of all ages know how to use current technology to improve their education and enhance their skills, they can fully participate in a digital society.
The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.